You may already know that there are some things you should never flush down your drains or put in your garbage disposal. The wrong materials can cause damage and long-lasting problems that may need professional work.
That’s why it’s always good to have a reminder about what things you should never, ever put down a garbage disposal, no matter how easy it may be to handle trash this way. Check out these materials to learn why they don’t mix with disposals.
Any Type of Grease or Oil
Grease may be easy to pour down the disposal when it’s heated up, but grease doesn’t stay hot forever. Instead, it cools down in your disposal and forms a fatty mass. Over time, this fat can build up and cause major obstructions that are difficult to remove, dull the disposal equipment, and cause big problems. Grease is one of the worst things you can put down any drain and can build up over long periods of time. Always take the time to wipe the grease off and throw it in the trash.
Seeds and Pits
Generally, any type of seed or pit doesn’t do well in a garbage disposal. Instead of being crushed and going away, they tend to linger, jamming mechanisms and causing clogs. Never put any of these hard leftovers down the disposal. Garbage disposal crushing components aren’t designed to deal well with them, and it’s easy to toss them in the trash instead.
Fibrous or Starchy Foods
What do we mean by fibrous and starchy? Let’s break down these two important categories. First, fibrous foods are any stringy, durable foodstuffs, the sort that get caught on your teeth. Guess what? They get caught in disposals the same way. This includes celery, asparagus, artichokes, any leftover parts of corn, and many types of peels, such as potato peels or fruit rinds. Don’t put any of that in the disposal.
Starchy foods, on the other hand, are foods like rice and beans. These tend to swell with water, so they can easily create clogs if they get trapped down the drain. They also turn into mush that can be difficult to get rid of fully. Into the traditional trash with all these items — don’t put them down the sink!
Garbage disposals are in no way equipped to deal with bones from anything. Make sure no bones are included in anything that you want to put down the disposal, or it can cause jams and damage.
This is an old rule but a good one. You see, eggshells come with an inner membrane attached to the shell that doesn’t just dissolve away. It sticks around, gets trapped around the mechanisms of the garbage disposal, and ends up causing problems. Even the hard outer shell tends to turn into a tough, gritty paste that wears down disposal components and can help create jams.
Is it a little too late for your current drains? Don’t worry! For messes that occur at any hours of the day, call us at Crawford Mechanical Services for emergency services!